What is Exploration Nation?
Exploration Nation is a “plug-and-play” lesson program for elementary and middle school students that features engaging videos, complete lesson plans, activities and teacher’s materials aligned to standards. It's easy to use, dovetails with curriculum requirements and saves time for busy educators. Our team of kid explorers travel the world doing real scientific research. We then create complete lesson programs based on these adventures.
How do I Get Exploration Nation?
Exploration Nation is available as a subscription for schools and school districts. Only XN Pro includes the Exploration Nation lesson program.
How is the program delivered?
Why are the videos on the site so short and do that annoying fast forward thingy?
The videos on the site are previews. Actual lesson videos range from six minutes to 12 minutes and are of much higher quality so they can be shown on large screens, projected on whiteboards, etc. Subscribers to Team XN Pro enjoy full lesson plans and more.
What are your credentials?
Exploration Nation works with a team of nationally known educators, scientists and engineers. Our lesson plans are developed by professional instructional designers who specialize in elementary- and middle-school learning. Our production team also produces work for major television networks including Discovery Channel and National Geographic. And we regularly stay in Holiday Inns.
How does Team XN know all this stuff?
Our hosts are regular kids who happen to love science. They study before each episode but generally know their stuff. None are actors.
Is Exploration Nation suitable for after school programs?
Yes, in fact, many schools use Exploration Nation in the classroom and for after school programs. Our simple, inclusive license allows you to use the program as you see fit.
Who created Exploration Nation?
The show was created in 2007 by Enzo Monfre at the age of seven as part of a home school project. He thought of the name and what the show would be about. He continues to drive the creative process and does most of the research for each episode. He also owns a significant part of the company.
I thought television was bad for kids
Exploration Nation looks like television but it's not. It is designed for education use. Kids love the face paced media they see on shows like Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters. We simply use this highly effective delivery method to engage kids and support their natural enthusiasm about science.
We want to interview your hosts for our publication, television show, etc. Who do we contact?
Our hosts have a very busy schedule which includes riding their bikes, studying and exploring the world. They do a number of media interviews every year depending on the schedule, type of publication and other factors. If you are looking for an articulate, charismatic kid to feature, we'd love to hear from you. Call us at 512-663-7393.
Where do you find those kids?
Exploration Nation hosts are referred to us by people we know. Sometimes we reach out to find more kids. None are actors. They just need to love science.
How can I help Exploration Nation?
Buy a Team XN Pro subscription. Tell your friends. Send a link to your favorite educator. If you are interested in partnering or sponsoring simply contact us by clicking here.
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